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Research Article

Physical Health Problem Intrusion Linking Religious Attributions to Marital Satisfaction in Survivors of the 2004 Tsunami

Alyssa J. Banford1*, Thulitha Wickrama2 and Scott A. Ketring3

1California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Diego, California, USA

2Colombo Institute for Psychology, Colombo, Sri Lanka

3Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Alyssa J. Banford
California School of Professional Psychology
Alliant International University
San Diego, California, USA
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Received Date: October 28, 2013; Accepted Date: January 24, 2014; Published Date: February 02, 2014

Citation: Banford AJ, Wickrama T, Ketring SA (2014) Physical Health Problem Intrusion Linking Religious Attributions to Marital Satisfaction in Survivors of the 2004 Tsunami. J Geogr Nat Disast 4:118. doi:10.4172/2167-0587.1000118

Copyright: © 2014 Banford AJ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

The impact of the 2004 tsunami that struck East Asia on Buddhist, Sri Lankan mothers was investigated in this study. More specifically, the relationship between attributing the 2004 tsunami to Karma and marital satisfaction was examined in a sample of 163 women, 3 years after the Disaster. Mediation by persisting physical health problems, on the relationship between attributing the tsunami to Karma and martial satisfaction, after controlling for mental health status and income before the tsunami was also tested. Karma attributions were not directly associated with marital satisfaction. However, an indirect path positively linking Karma attributions with persistent physical health challenges, and negatively linking physical health challenges to marital satisfaction was observed. Using Hobfoll’s (1989) conservation of resources (COR) model, implications of physical health challenges for disaster survivors and attributions endorsing an external locus of control are discussed.

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